Brewed by Brouwerij Het Anker
Style: Abt/Quadrupel
Mechelen, Belgium


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RATINGS: 1784   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Every year on the 24th of February, the birthday of "Charles the fifth", the Brewery brews the Gouden Carolus "Cuvee of the Emperor" in a limited quantity and with an eye on the highest quality and tradition. This unique brewing, with only extra fine Belgian hops and with a higher alcohol level, guarantees a better evolution in the time, than the already known Gouden Carolus Classic. The 75cl bottles are closed with a quality cork. Excellent to store several years. This exceptional ale ages well, developing a refined complexity and intense aromas. With powerful notes of roasted malts, caramel and plums, its surprisingly soft and fruity aroma combines a warm roundness with a refreshing taste. An imperial brew to cherish and enjoy in moderation.
Was 8% abv in 2000-2002, 10% in 2003 and 11% in 2004.

DISCLAIMER: This is a dark beer and the label has a blue diagonal line.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Arayaga2 (2173) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 23, 2007
Dark reddish brown with a quick fading bright brownish head. Aroma is rich with fruit, caramel and hops. Taste is sweet and smooth with raisin cherry finish. Alcohol warms but does not intrude on the taste. $9/750ml

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jerre (3272) - Waregem, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2007
Bottle, 75 cl. Dark red - light brown color with a light brownish head. Aroma sweet, fruity. Tastes alcholol along with strong malt, spices, caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2007
2006 bottle,huge grape and raisin aroma,reminds me of a Mogan David Wine,other dark fruits evident,also a whoosh of alcohol. Huge dark fruit,raisin date ,grape taste,there is a sweetness to it. There is a touch of hop bitterness ,but thats mostly overwhelmed by the malt and yeast product. Alcohol presence always there,but not a problem. When this alcohol tones down,this will be a classic. As for now ,its merely fantastic

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2776) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2007
Bottle, 2006. Heavy doughy yeast smells with moderate molasses and background notes of prune and cola. It has a small, fizzy, off white head with good lacing and the color is a rust/brown which is suprisingly clear. Taste is moderately sweet with a long tart and dry finish. Palate is medium to full, chewy and oily in texture. There is a heavy alcohol feel in the finish. A very tasty and warming beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (9822) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2007
2006 bottle. This dark brown ale poured with a modest tan head, and a sweet fruity aroma. This is a full-bodied beer that is packed with a variety of flavors, including caramel malt, raisin, chocolate and warming alcohol. I know that it ages well, since I had a 2003 bottle a few months ago.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2007
2006 Bottle. 1Pint 9.4 FL. OZ. Very appealing appearance. Sweet, sugary aroma of aroma of raisins and banana. Very smooth, balanced palate with an exceptionally long finish and nice amount of carbonation. Flavor is sweet and just alcoholic enough without being overpowering. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radagast83 (7694) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2007
As Grand Cru of the Emperor. 2006 bottle. Dark brown color, with nice small, but thick head. Aroma is full of figs, and other non-descript fruit. Flavor is that of malts, figs, raisins, and a strong warm alcohol feel. I will be on the lookout for older vintages of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle (2001, 2004 & 2005). Dark brown colour with a large tan head. Yeasty aroma with figs, chocolate & citrus fruits. Sticky alcoholic flavour, sweet and fruity. The less alcoholic 2001 bottle was the tastiest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (870) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2007
2006, Nut brown color with small head and no lacing. Aroma was strong with nice fruitiness. Nice flavor, with some malt, but a little too much raisin and sourness. Simple, but good overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2007 2002 Bottle. Hazy Orange brown with a big creamy tan head. Complex earthy aroma with notes of spice, yeast, and dried fruit. Big sweet malt backbone with some spice. Some liquorice in the finish. Very little carbonation. Age has treated this beer nicely!

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